Project Management

How to Transition From 'Unofficial' PM to 'Official' PM

Sweden Chapter

Ghia is a Global Warehouse Operations Specialist in Sweden.

If you’re currently working in a corporate environment, chances are you’ve found yourself managing a project even if it wasn’t part of your job description.

Being an “unofficial” project manager can be a great opportunity to develop your skills and demonstrate your value to your employer. However, if you find yourself constantly taking on project management duties and enjoy it, then you may want to consider becoming an “official” project manager. As someone who has made this transition, I can attest that it can be a rewarding career path.

When I was in corporate strategy, I took on various projects and found that I enjoyed the project management aspect of my role. When I moved on to management consulting, I was able to take on an official project manager title, which allowed me to focus on project management full time. I realized that it was a good fit for me, since I enjoyed working with projects that are finite in nature.

After some time in consulting, I decided to take a sabbatical and used the break to pursue the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification. The certification helped me formalize my project management skills and made me more confident in my ability to manage complex projects. It was also a valuable credential that I could use to demonstrate my expertise to potential employers.

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